Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell says she won't seek re-election
With the deadline to file to run for elected office in Oregon just hours away, Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell announced Tuesday afternoon she will not seek reelection for her seat.
The one-term representative, who serves residents primarily on the northern Oregon coast but also parts of western Washington County, said in a statement she expects to move to Washington state and will not be able to serve in the Legislature after her term ends in 2020.
"The reason for my withdrawal is that my husband Mitch has accepted an exciting job offer that will take us to Washington state in the coming year. Since this job became a possibility, we looked at all the alternatives that would allow me to continue serving the people of the North Coast," Mitchell said. "I will be able to serve out my term, but not beyond that."
On Tuesday, March 10, Mitchell highlighted her support of successful legislation over the past year, including the Student Success Act and paid family and medical leave, as well as bills that secured stable financing for healthcare coverage for 1 million Oregonians, tenant protections and investments in affordable housing, and put a new focus on mental health and addiction.
"While this is a very positive prospect for our family, I am saddened that it cannot include continuing to serve as state representative," Mitchell said of her impending move to Washington. "This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only has it given me the opportunity to work on behalf of my neighbors and community, it enabled me to be a part of making unprecedented progress for North Coast working families and all Oregonians."
In 2019, a group of residents in Mitchell's district attempted to remove her from her seat with a recall after she voted in support of carbon cap-and-trade legislation, which ultimately failed in the Senate. They failed to gather enough signatures to refer a recall to the ballot.
House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner praised Mitchell in a statement Tuesday.
"Tiffiny has exemplified the model of a citizen legislator and has been a committed champion for her community every single day," Smith Warner said. "She can be proud of the work she did to tackle the needs of the North Coast and improve the lives of working families. We are sad that she will not be seeking another term in the House, and we wish her and Mitch all the best in their new adventure."
Also on Tuesday, Warrenton small business owner Debbie Boothe-Schmidt and former Clatsop County Commissioner George Kiepke of Astoria filed to run as Democrats in House District 32, according to the Oregon secretary of state's website.
Republicans Vineeta Lower and Suzanne Weber have already filed for the election. Lower, a Seaside educator, was defeated by Mitchell in the 2018 election. Weber is mayor of Tillamook.
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